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Alter Ego’s Unite!

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

This past weekend, was Austin City Limits and I had the privilege to work at the festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Austin Kiddie Limits in Theatre Action Project‘s Alter Ego Factory.  It was very fun, although extremely busy and hot/humid, depending on whether it had rained yet that day. This weekend I wasn’t Chelsea Gilman, but instead I was dressed with a vest, handkerchief, pointy jeweled glasses, a chopstick in my hair, and a silly oversized foam tie, and my name was the Helpful Hiccuping Professor. 

Each kid who entered the factory chose a character and spun a wheel to determine one characteristic and threw a sticky toy at a board of words to determine a second characteristic.  We had crazy hopping ballerinas, silly dragon-slaying architects, and much more.  They would then create a seal, with 2 colors, their super power, and their item they always carry with them.  Then they’d come into the costume area and I’d fit them into something – bunny ears, superhero capes, face paint, tails, ties, fake mustaches, masks, glasses, glittery stickers, and more.  Once costumed, they’d get a sketch drawn of their costume and a photo taken, which will be uploaded to our Flicker page.  They would exit by walking down the red carpet as their alter ego.

The parents and kids all had a great time and seemed to enjoy the idea and the costumes.  After working in the mornings and afternoons, I enjoyed a little time at the festival until I was just tired enough that I could still make the bike ride home.  All in all, I think it was a successful event and hopefully in addition to having fun, many news families are now aware of TAP!

What was your “Alter Ego” this past weekend? Send us some pictures of your kids dressed up from the Alter Ego Factory!

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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